Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

Did you know that 62% of Australian adults would consider orthodontic treatment and more than one third of Aussies don’t like the appearance of their teeth?

Orthodontics is no longer just for children, and there has been a significant increase in the number of adults undergoing orthodontic treatment later in life.

Whether you didn’t have access to treatment when you were younger, or if your teeth started shifting later in life, here are some things to consider before correcting your smile as an adult.

Is there such thing as being too old for orthodontic treatment?

Of course not! There is no cut off age for getting braces, which means your teeth can be straightened at any age. Saying that, having corrective treatment as an adult can be more complicated for a number of reasons including fillings, missing teeth or other dental issues. Your specialist orthodontist has a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience, which means that you should have no problem overcoming any challenge. In your consultation, your orthodontist will carefully assess your oral health, and flag any concerns that may arise.

What sort of braces should I get?

Braces stereotypes are well and truly a thing of the past. Orthodontic technologies have evolved, so wearing braces is no longer as aesthetically concerning or uncomfortable as it used to be. So why resign yourself to a life with crowded or misaligned teeth? Some discreet mechanisms for straightening adult teeth with braces include lingual braces and ceramic braces.

Lingual braces are a more subtle option where orthodontic brackets are attached to the inner sides of the teeth, so they cannot be seen from the outside. Ceramic braces are also a great alternative to metal braces if you are looking for a less obvious treatment option. Ceramic braces are either tooth-coloured or clear enough to blend into your teeth, making it far more discreet. 

How about clear aligner treatment?

Clear aligners are one of the most common treatment options for adults. A series of removable, clear plastic trays are used to gently guide teeth into their new position. They’re custom-made and fit snugly on your teeth, a bit like a small mouthguard. Clear aligner treatment is suited to correct problems such as crooked, gappy or protruding teeth. Another reason to love clear aligners is that your review appointments can often be spaced out to suit a busy work schedule.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

One of the first questions an adult will ask their orthodontist is how long will the treatment last? Ultimately, this will depend on the type of treatment you undertake, as well as the extent of orthodontic correction required. Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from six months to around two years. Your orthodontist will discuss your estimated treatment duration during your assessment.    

Please remember, your teeth are such an important and worthwhile investment in life – no matter what your age. A dazzling smile can do wonders for your confidence, make your teeth easier to clean, which may also reduce your risk of nasty tooth decay and other oral health issues.  

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